U.S. Senate Budget Committee ranking member Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a news conference in Washington, DC, June 18, 2015. AFP/JIM WATSON
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Bernie Sanders, the rumpled American rebel running for president, has been greeted by swelling numbers of supporters at campaign stops, a development which has stunned observers, especially Sanders himself.Sanders, an independent seeking the Democratic nomination, has called for a political revolution, warning of America's creep towards oligarchy where candidates are "beholden to the billionaire class".100ernie-mentum" has seen unprecedented numbers of voters lining up to hear the mantra from Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist who in the 1980s served as mayor of Burlington, where he nurtured a progressive environment that lives to this day.The Wisconsin Democratic Party convention's straw poll last week put Sanders at 41 percent support, eight points behind Clinton, the candidate long seen as immune to challenges from a thin Democratic field. In a Suffolk University poll of Democratic New Hampshire voters, Sanders drew 31 percent to Clinton's 41 .Sanders has little campaign infrastructure and prides himself on having no so-called super PAC, which can raise unlimited funds to support a candidate.
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